Sustainable, smart and resilient infrastructure

The call supports the European Commission’s vision of sustainable, smart and resilient mobility. As the transport sector recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now the time to further develop sustainable transport modes and to fully exploit digital technologies.

The EU needs an efficient and interconnected multimodal transport system for both passengers and freight. This includes an affordable, reliable and performing rail network, an enhanced inland waterways navigation and infrastructure in maritime ports, a balanced interconnection between different modes of transport and an increased automation and interoperability for greater efficiency and safety of the transport network.

The indicative budget of the call is available to support infrastructure projects on the Core and Comprehensive TEN-T networks in the following areas:

  • railways
  • inland waterways
  • maritime and inland ports
  • road safety
  • rail-road terminals
  • multimodal logistics platforms
  • multimodal passenger hubs
  • smart and interoperable applications for transport
  • safe and secure mobility
  • infrastructure resilience

Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from:

  • One or more Member State;
  • International organisations or public or private bodies established in an EU Member State, with the agreement of the Member State(s) concerned.

Applicants should submit their proposal electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System before 18 January 2023 at 17.00 CET.

Who decides which projects will receive grants?

Proposals will be evaluated by the European Commission/CINEA, assisted by external experts drawn from an independent expert database . Applicants will receive the evaluation results no more than six months after the submission deadline, and grant agreements will be signed within nine months after the submission deadline.

To expand its database of experts, the Commission has launched a call for experts in a range of fields. To be considered as a proposal evaluator, applicants should sign up via the Participant Portal


The CEF Transport programme is the key EU funding instrument for the development of high performing, sustainable and interconnected Trans-European transport networks, with a focus on the nine Core Network Corridors. The programme co-finances projects that enhance multimodality, improve infrastructure and advance innovation and new technologies.

Under the CEF programme, EUR 25.6 billion is available for grants from the EU’s 2021-2027 budget to co-fund Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) projects in the EU Member States. Since 2014  the CEF programme has supported over 1,200 projects with a total of EUR 29.7 billion (including grants under preparation following the 2021 CEF Transport calls) in the transport sector.

The call for proposals supports projects under the General and Cohesion envelopes of the CEF Transport programme.

The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) is managing the promotion and evaluation of the call, and supervises the implementation of projects.


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